As we all know, exercise is super important for good health and well-being. It helps our body detoxify by releasing sweat and toxins through our pores and it also helps increase circulation in both the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Of course exercise also helps build and tone our muscles, keeping us fit and strong.
When it comes to exercise, one thing that is sometimes overlooked is proper nutrition, especially when it comes to weight loss. People can get too caught up in the idea that they need to eat less and exercise more in order to lose weight. They count every single calorie that enters their mouth and track how many calories they expend in a day.
The result? Stress and a huge headache. I don’t advocate calorie-counting at all, because first and foremost, nobody has time for that and it’s a pain in the butt. But more importantly, when you eat wholesome natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc… you simply don’t need to count the calories.
What’s more important is “counting” the nutrients (figuratively speaking, of course). When you eat Nature’s foods it’s a sure bet that you’re nourishing your body the right way. This means you’re giving it the nutrients it needs to produce energy for optimal performance when you exercise, AND it also means the body can properly recover after working out.
So in today’s post I want to talk about what to eat BEFORE a workout. Because if we eat the right foods before any physical activity, we’re more motivated and energized to do the workout and we actually perform better.
And this consistency and good performance (or “form”) is what really matters, whether your goal is to lose weight or build muscle, or both!
What to Eat Before a Workout
- Multigrain or gluten-free toast with nut butter and banana slices
- Plain greek yogurt with berries and nuts and/or seeds
- Any type of fruit: orange, apple, pear, melon, pineapple, etc
- Or combine some fruit together for a mixed fruit salad! My favourite combo: blueberries, strawberries, banana, and orange
Now I want to hear from you: what’s your favourite snack to have before a workout? Share in the comments below!